Microsoft Invites Press For An Event On May 20th, Expect Surface ‘Mini’

Microsoft today sent out invites to the press for a Surface related event for May 20th. Microsoft has hinted that possibility of showing Surface mini by mentioning ‘small’ word in the invite. The event will kick-off at 11am EDT / 8AM PDT on May 20th.

We have heard many rumors about the upcoming Surface Mini tablet from Microsoft. One of the main thing was, it will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as opposed to Nvdia Tegra processor in Surface 2. Also, the device was rumored to have a 8-inch device. Another report claimed that the device will be marketed a “consumption-class” device that is also ideal for note taking. As with the current Surface 2, the Surface Mini is expected to ship with Office. The Surface Mini will also support an an active digitizer and theoretically could support a Wacom digitizer with the correct drivers. It may be a pen/stylus similar to that found on the Surface Pro devices.

Given Phil Spencer’s recent comments, the tablet is not expected to be marketed as a gaming device:

“… don’t think we’ll do a dedicated handheld gaming device, rather just focus on WP, tablets, maybe with controller support someday.

It is expected that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will host the event as he did for the unveil of native office apps on the iPad. Panos Panay should also be at the event and there is speculation that Stephen Elop may also be at the event since he is Executive Vice President of Devices and Studios.

  • jaylyric

    Can’t wait! Having Cortana set a reminder for this..

    • Tips_y

      Cool! :-))

  • Willem Evenhuis

    Can’t wait. But I can’t help that it’s release is too soon. Something tells me the specs will be somewhat disappointing when it comes to battery life and I hope that they will seriously consider usb rather than a proprietary magnetic charger as a charging device. I like my magnetic charger on my surface pro, but the consequence is I have to take a whole brick with me. And when I lose my brick or its broken its difficult to find an new one.
    Also, if the claim of stylus support will be here, notetaking apps should be a high priority. And the current Onenote, Journal and the like, in my honest opinion, need some more work to make it more useful on such a smaller screen device. It would be nice to have to stylus supported notetaking apps more tailored for the small screen, and especially ink-to-text recognition to be improved. Otherwise the end-user experience will be disappointing and the stylus yet again be another gimmick…which it shouldn’t be. Fingers crossed.

    • kain0m

      On the Surface Pro, the charger makes total sense. It has a 40-something Wh battery – charging it via USB would take forever. USB 3.0 can only deliver 4.5W, which is 1/10th of the power the Surface Pro charger. Even the Surface 2 charger delivers roughly 5 times this power. (Anyone remember the iPad with retina display (3rd gen)? 8+ hours of charging, and playing games actually drained the battery faster than the charger could deliver energy)
      For a surface “mini”, a USB 3.0 charger might be feasible, but the charging times will probably be quite long still…

  • BChau

    Hope it is a Wacom pen and it has the pen holder built-in the tablet. And as it is also for consumption of media, please add hdmi output. Wouldn’t mind full size USB.

    • kevgallacher

      I would imagine any new surface device would support hdmi as all current surface devices currently support HDMI.

  • Wieland

    Hwooaah here we gooooo! 😀 Finally.

  • NegLewis

    I HOPE for a slim 7″ (8″) W8.1 PRO with 4-core last gen Intel CPU… even an i3/i5 inside.
    A Mini MUST have: HDMI, 2 full USB’s (or mini USB), SD Card, 32/64 GB SSD + 128/256 GB Slow Flash/ eMM. 1080 and 10 point of multi touch + Pen support.

    …or even ARM…

    • Wieland

      Funny how people wont give up the hope for an atom based tablet, though there were several leaks considering an arm device and not a single one with intel atom.

  • Bugbog

    Microsoft have given the OEM’s 8 months to get out their 8″ tablets, and whilst their efforts have been decent, and in one or two cases, slightly above. Now it’s time to see a concerted effort at presenting a concerted, wholesome design

  • kevgallacher

    Is there no Surface 3 coming. I really don’t care about a surface mini.
    I intentionally never bought bought Surface 2 pro as it came out 6 months after Surface Pro are they skipping a revision entirely this year? Their release schedule for the surface pro is very inconsistent.